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Expat Advice: Moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Miguel de Allende

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.


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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Six months out visit the town have a realtor show you around and see some properties. Learn as much as you can about the various neighborhoods before making a selection.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

Private home.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

Used a realtor graduate from my university.

Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Lower. About the same as in Texas, based on one's needs.

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Nov 19, 2010 14:00

San Miguel de Allende is a truly magnificent Mexican location. It is also becoming a locale of choice for American and Canadian expats. There is a highly developed infrastructure that supports a very large and sophisticated English speaking community there. Culture abounds, and there is extremely active social calendar. Real estate in San Miguel is among the most beautiful in the world, and your dollar can buy you so much more house than in North America. It is very easy to find great help, and for a small budget you can obtain great weekly staff, such as a cleaner, gardener, etc. The weather is magnificent, with warm, dry Spring like weather the bulk of the year. I lead exciting home buyer trips to San Miguel. Join me on one of these exciting tours to view and buy real estate in San Miguel.

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